The Agreement Establishing the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA), a flagship project of the African Union’s Agenda 2063, officially entered into force on 30 May 2019.
Start of trading under the Agreement commenced on 1 January 2021, in line with a Decision and Declaration adopted at the 13th Extraordinary Session of the AU Assembly on the AfCFTA on 5 December 2020.
Take a look at our AfCFTA resources page for more info.
tralac maintains a collection of regional and national trade-related resources, including copies of the texts and annexes of regional trade agreements from the east and southern Africa RECs, the AfCFTA, TFTA and African Union, as well as regional protocols and policy documents.
tralac promotes active debate on trade law and policy issues in Africa. This involves monitoring trade negotiations, interpretation of agreements, contribution to debates and discussions on trade developments. Our research is presented in trade briefs, working papers and books, among others.
tralac’s final newsletter for 2020 offers a reflection on some of the key trade and trade-related developments in Africa during an extraordinary year overshadowed by the impact and responses to COVID-19. We also reflect on some lessons we have learned along the way.
Addressing Road Transport Regulatory Issues: An Important Step Towards Realising the Objectives of the AfCFTA
Review of intra-Africa trade liberalisation and the composition of intra-African trade: Implications for the AfCFTA
Trade Data Analysis
- pdf COVID-19, Public Procurement Regimes and Trade Policy - World Bank Policy Research Working Paper, January 2021
- pdf Pandemic Trade: Covid-19, Remote Work and Global Value Chains - World Bank Policy Research Working Paper, January 2021
- pdf AU Assembly Thirteenth Extraordinary Session on the AfCFTA: Decision and Declaration - 5 December 2020
- pdf Draft Trade and Cooperation Agreement between EU and Euratom, and UK and Northern Ireland - 24 December 2020
- pdf Statement by H.E. Wamkele Mene, AfCFTA Secretary General, to the Council of Ministers Responsible for Trade - 20 November 2020
- pdf Governing the Interface between the AfCFTA and regional economic communities free trade areas: Issues, Opportunities and Challenges - UNECA, November 2020